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Incorporating Weather and Climate into GIS Curricula

NCAR GIS Program BRIGHTE Workshop Series

July 6, 2016 to July 8, 2016 | NCAR Foothills Laboratory, Boulder, Colorado

Event Application - GIS Curricula

NCAR Foothills Laboratory, Boulder, Colorado

July 6-8, 2016 | National Center for Atmospheric Research Boulder, Colorado

Extreme weather and climate change impacts vary among different communities and populations, therefore addressing these problems requires spatial thinking and knowledge on the integration of climate science and meteorology with Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Significant progress has been made in the past several years in linking GIS with atmospheric and related sciences and their datasets. The intersection of GIS, weather, climate, and societal impacts becomes essential when students are learning about interdisciplinary problems that their communities face.

The goal of the workshop is to enhance geospatial education by integrating major issues of environmental change into the GIS curricula. This 3-day workshop will introduce GIS faculty and instructors from U.S. universities and colleges to fundamental concepts of atmospheric and related sciences. Participants will learn about state-of-the-art research in weather, climate, and societal applications. The workshop will include lectures, small group discussions, and GIS exercises. Participants will gain necessary knowledge and will have all workshop materials to teach these concepts to their GIS students.

All hands-on GIS activities will focus on advanced geospatial methods using examples from weather, climate, and societal impacts research. The GIS course will include:

  1. Working with weather and climate model output (NetCDF data) in ArcGIS;
  2. Using temporal analysis tools for climate data animation;
  3. Web mapping of weather and climate data;
  4. GIS analysis of social vulnerability to extreme weather;
  5. Using Python for working with atmospheric data.

Climate change adaptation, preparedness for weather extremes, and developing sustainable solutions and practices are important topics for every community in the U.S.. GIS methods and tools are essential for understanding, analyzing, and communicating these complex, interdisciplinary problems. We invite GIS faculty and instructors from U.S. colleges and universities who are interested in incorporating dynamic weather and climate concepts into GIS curricula to attend this workshop. Faculty from community or junior colleges, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges, and Hispanic-Serving Institutions are encouraged to apply.

Application deadline is May 25, 2016.

Selected participants will be notified of their acceptance by May 31, 2016. All selected participants will receive travel support and per diem to attend the workshop.

Questions can be addressed to the workshop organizers: Olga Wilhelmi (olgaw at ucar.edu) and Jennifer Boehnert (boehnert at ucar.edu).

The workshop is funded through the NCAR Directorate Diversity Funding Program.

Final Agenda PDF (updated 6/14/2016)

Workshop participation

Workshop application deadline is May 25th 2016.
Selected participants will be notified of their acceptance by May 31st

Meeting Location

NCAR Foothills Laboratory Building 2
3450 Mitchell Lane, Boulder, CO 80301

Lodging and Transportation to Workshop Venue

We have rooms reserved for 5, 6, 7, 8, checking out 9 July at the Holiday Inn Express.
We will make your hotel reservation. No need to call the hotel.

Bus service will be provided between the hotel and NCAR Foothills Lab


Meals per diem will be provided to all participants. Light refreshments and lunch will be available at NCAR Foothills Lab.

Workshop reimbursement information

  • Cost of airfare, ground transportation, lodging, and per diem will be covered by the workshop.
  • We will be making your flight arrangements. 

Airport and Transportation To and From DIA

The Denver International Airport (DIA) is located north east of Denver and approximately 45 miles from Boulder. The Baggage claim is on Level 5 at the main terminal of the airport. Sales counters for most means of ground transportation are on that level also. We recommend using the shuttle services; either the Supershuttle or The GreenRide that run between DIA and Boulder, making stops at various Boulder hotels and other sites. The shuttles run typically every hour. There is no need to make an advanced reservation for the trip to Boulder from DIA. For the return trip to the airport after the workshop, call them directly for pick-up.

Ground Transportation

  • Travelers are responsible for making their own ground transportation (details above) arrangements between DIA and Boulder. Save receipts!
  • We cannot support rental cars.

Please contact Karen Griggs (griggs at ucar.edu) with questions about workshop logistics.

Questions can be addressed to the workshop organizers:



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